Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

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Mantle, 2012 - Concentration camps - 241 pages
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Now a major documentary film Twenty-six years ago, Shin Dong-hyuk was born inside Camp 14, one of five sprawling political prisons in the mountains of North Korea. Located about 55 miles north of Pyongyang, the labor camp is a 'complete control district,' a no-exit prison where the only sentence is life. No one born in Camp 14 or in any North Korean political prison camp has escaped. No one except Shin. This is his story. A gripping, terrifying memoir with a searing sense of place, ESCAPE FROM CAMP 14 will unlock, through Shin, a dark and secret nation, taking readers to a place they have never before been allowed to go. ‚e~This is a story unlike any other‚e(tm) Barbara Demick, author of Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

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User Review  - joeydag - LibraryThing

Very moving experience to read of this man journeys - physical and psychological. It takes a journalist to provoke and address those thoughts of how real could this story be. Read full review

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User Review  - marshapetry - LibraryThing

May or may not be entirely true but enough evidence shows that the camps are horrendous and to fault Shin for anything not 100% true is faulting a abused child for not remembering adult concepts. So ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Blaine Harden is a reporter for PBS Frontline and a contributor to the Economist, based in Seattle, having completed a tour as the Washington Post‚e(tm)s bureau chief in Tokyo. He is the prize-winning, acclaimed author of two books: Africa: Dispatches from a Fragile Continent (Norton, 1990) and A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia (Norton, 1996).

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